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Applications for the 2019-20 English Language Assistants programme are open now.

Why choose French-speaking Canada?

Living in Quebec allows you to experience a French-speaking region in a North American setting. It’s also the largest Canadian province and offers a diversity of landscapes, from rural snowscapes to the European-style capital city.

Canada is a great country for exploring, and you can get involved in all sorts of activities – from whale watching to snow-shoeing, a visit to the sugar shacks or maple-tree-tapping in the spring. If you are a student or graduate with a thirst for a new Francophone culture, this is the place for you.

  • Posts are available in primary and secondary schools.
  • A small number of posts are also available in adult education centres.
  • Focusing mainly on spoken English, you'll help the teacher bring the language to life.
  • You will work with either the class teacher or on your own or with groups of between two and 15 pupils.
  • You will be in post from 1 September to 31 May and work around 18 hours per week.

Am I eligible?

To be a language assistant in Canada, you must:

  • fulfil the general eligibility criteria
  • be aged 35 or under
  • hold a UK or Irish passport
  • have B1-level French.

Where can I go?

There are around 30 posts available each year in Quebec, Canada. Almost all the posts are in small towns (population 5,000-15,000) and in rural areas of Quebec along the St Lawrence River and on the Gaspé Peninsula. These areas are not bilingual: the only language spoken is French.

A post in Canada can be a very rewarding experience, but you need to think carefully about whether living in such a rural location is for you. The long and extreme winter makes a significant difference to the lifestyle, and temperatures of -25 degrees Celsius are not unusual. What's more, intercity public transport is limited. This all makes it especially important to research Quebec before you apply.

How much will I be paid?

You can expect to earn approximately CAD $1,700 net per month.

What is the application timeline?

  • February-April: candidates who pass the first stage of selection are invited to a video interview.
  • April: candidates will find out whether they have passed the assessment stage.
  • May: candidates find out whether they have been allocated to a country or placed on a waiting list. Those who have successfully secured a post in Canada will find out the location of their post from the British Council in May.

Successful candidates will begin their post in September 2019.

For more information, download our English Language Assistant lifecyle (PDF 800KB).

Will there be an induction course?

You will be invited to attend a preparatory briefing at the British Council in London in June. This is an opportunity to meet other assistants, get advice on personal safety and other topics, and ask former assistants about life in Quebec.

A former language assistant in Canada has written some answers to common questions about taking up a post in Quebec.

I'm currently a language assistant in Canada – can I apply again?

Assistants currently working in Canada can apply for a consecutive year. This is not done through the British Council: contact Éducation Internationale for more information. We recommend you do this as soon as you have decided you would like to stay in Canada.

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